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The Art of America in New Orleans

By Jaclyn Hoffman

In a city so defined by its culture, the galleries and museums of New Orleans offer a wide array of displays featuring different artists and mediums.  With the advent of the New Year, museums are beginning to showcase new and exciting exhibits, featuring the works of both local and foreign artists.

Firstly, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will be showing “Photography and the American Civil War.”  Open from January 31 to May 4, the exhibit focuses on the use of the camera throughout the four years of civil unrest from 1861-1865.

The works on display are photographs that were actually taken during the time of the war.  Photographers include, but are not limited to Matthew B. Brady, George N. Barnard, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O’Sullivan.

The museum will be showing over 200 photographs.  Portraits of soldiers before combat, gruesome battlefield scenes, images at Gettysburg and medical pictures of wounded individuals are but some of the photographs being showcased.

 The exhibition is a testament to this period in history and the many lives lost, as well as to the power of photography itself.

Ticket prices for NOMA are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $6 for children and free for members.

In keeping with the theme of American history and civil rights, the Contemporary Arts Centre (CAC) will have on display an exhibition entitled “30 Americans” from February 8 to June 15.

 Opening in the midst of Black History Month, the exhibit will feature the works of significant African American artists from the last 30 years.  As explained on the museum’s website, the exhibit “focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.”

 Some of the featured artists include Nina Chanel Abney, John Bankston, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Bradford and Iona Rozeal Brown.  The works in the exhibit will demonstrate different artistic mediums such as print, painting and mixed media.

Admissions fees at the CAC are $8 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors and free to CAC members.

Credits:

CAC website http://cacno.org/exhibitions/30-americans

NOMA website http://noma.org/exhibitions/detail/77/Photography-and-the-American-Civil-War

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